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TITLE
A service train emerging from the tunnel at Killiecrankie, 2002
EXTERNAL ID
NRM_NBNW_HML_DS050455
PLACENAME
Killiecrankie
DISTRICT
Perthshire - Highland
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
PERTH: Blair Atholl
DATE OF IMAGE
February 2002
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Lynn Patrick
SOURCE
National Railway Museum, York
ASSET ID
19977
KEYWORDS
railway
railways
trains
A service train emerging from the tunnel at Killiecrankie, 2002

Photographed in February 2002, a ScotRail Class 170 (Turbostar) emerges from the tunnel at Killiecrankie. The tunnel entrance was designed to look like a castle to blend in with the Duke of Atholl's Hermitage pleasure gardens. The tunnel leads directly onto the Killiecrankie viaduct built in 1863 by Joseph Mitchell for what was the Inverness & Perth Junction Railway that became the Highland Railway Company in 1865.

The Hermitage pleasure gardens were created by the Dukes of Atholl in the eighteenth century. The gardens contain a pair of Victorian follies, Ossian's Hall and Ossian's Cave. Also in its grounds is a Douglas fir that was once the tallest tree in the United Kingdom standing at 59meters (194ft) high.

Background
Over one hundred years ago, two of the most picturesque railways in the world, the Kyle line and the Far North line, were built. Linking them to the rest of the UK rail network is the Highland main line. From 1997 to 2003 the National Railway Museum photographed these three lines, and from the images three exhibitions were created - 'Connection to the Kyle', 'By Firth and Flow' and 'The Highland Link'. The exhibitions were hosted on the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) under the digital exhibition 'North by Northwest' which officially launched the National Archive of Scotland site on 5 June 2001 in Inverness. The collaboration with SCAN lasted until 2009 when 'North by Northwest' was transferred to the Am Baile website.

'North by Northwest' documents living history and records a snapshot of time in the lives of the people and the lines during the closing years of the twentieth century and the emergence of the twenty-first century. The exhibitions celebrated the impact of the Highland railways on the people, landscape and economy of the Scottish Highlands.

We acknowledge support from the following sponsors who funded the photographic survey of the Highland main line, the Kyle and the Far North lines by the National Railway Museum photographers between 1997 and 2003:

Railtrack, Railtrack-Scotland, ScotRail, EWS, Porterbrook, First Engineering, The Highland Rail Network Development Partnership, The Highland Council, Ross & Cromarty Enterprise, Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise, Safeways, Friends of the National Railway Museum, Perth & Kinross Council, and the Highland Railway Society.

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A service train emerging from the tunnel at Killiecrankie, 2002

PERTH: Blair Atholl

2000s

railway; railways; trains

National Railway Museum, York

North by Northwest - The Highland Line

Photographed in February 2002, a ScotRail Class 170 (Turbostar) emerges from the tunnel at Killiecrankie. The tunnel entrance was designed to look like a castle to blend in with the Duke of Atholl's Hermitage pleasure gardens. The tunnel leads directly onto the Killiecrankie viaduct built in 1863 by Joseph Mitchell for what was the Inverness & Perth Junction Railway that became the Highland Railway Company in 1865.<br /> <br /> The Hermitage pleasure gardens were created by the Dukes of Atholl in the eighteenth century. The gardens contain a pair of Victorian follies, Ossian's Hall and Ossian's Cave. Also in its grounds is a Douglas fir that was once the tallest tree in the United Kingdom standing at 59meters (194ft) high.<br /> <br /> Background<br /> Over one hundred years ago, two of the most picturesque railways in the world, the Kyle line and the Far North line, were built. Linking them to the rest of the UK rail network is the Highland main line. From 1997 to 2003 the National Railway Museum photographed these three lines, and from the images three exhibitions were created - 'Connection to the Kyle', 'By Firth and Flow' and 'The Highland Link'. The exhibitions were hosted on the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) under the digital exhibition 'North by Northwest' which officially launched the National Archive of Scotland site on 5 June 2001 in Inverness. The collaboration with SCAN lasted until 2009 when 'North by Northwest' was transferred to the Am Baile website.<br /> <br /> 'North by Northwest' documents living history and records a snapshot of time in the lives of the people and the lines during the closing years of the twentieth century and the emergence of the twenty-first century. The exhibitions celebrated the impact of the Highland railways on the people, landscape and economy of the Scottish Highlands.<br /> <br /> We acknowledge support from the following sponsors who funded the photographic survey of the Highland main line, the Kyle and the Far North lines by the National Railway Museum photographers between 1997 and 2003:<br /> <br /> Railtrack, Railtrack-Scotland, ScotRail, EWS, Porterbrook, First Engineering, The Highland Rail Network Development Partnership, The Highland Council, Ross & Cromarty Enterprise, Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise, Safeways, Friends of the National Railway Museum, Perth & Kinross Council, and the Highland Railway Society.